Reflection questions for today:
How have you been impacted by the television and entertainment industry?
How has the fashion industry impacted you?
How have changing societal values impacted you?
How has pornography impacted you--either directly or indirectly?
How has the sex abuse scandal in the Church impacted you?
Maria Goretti died from being stabbed multiple times as she resisted being raped. The date of her death is July 6, 1902. While she is often referred to as a patron saint for purity, she is also a model of forgiveness. I encourage you to read about her life and the impact she had on her attacker, and indeed, the whole world. (Spoiler alert: her attacker was present for her canonization in 1950.) Her desire for holiness can inspire each of us to pursue the same.